The gospel group "The Royal Descendants" was formed by Paul and Sherrie Cornelius. The first group consisted of Paul and Sherrie Cornelius, Donna Pace and Michael Whittaker. Paul sang lead vocals, Sherrie sang alto and lead. Donna sang soprano lead and Michael tenor and lead. This group of singers were able to change parts from song to song with such diversity. As for instruments, Sherrie played piano and they were soon to add Edmond Camp on acoustic guitar and brought in a bass singer, Kevin Hammond and a young talented, little man at the time, Mr. Brent Cornelius would play Jack Fielder's drums as the group would practice. Brent was only 9 yrs of age at that time if I remember correctly. I recall while listening to the practice one evening he was told to leave the drums alone. It was only a week or so and he was playing the drums for the group at the ripe old age of 9. He would also sing when calf roped into singing! Paul and Sherrie's oldest son Robbie began playing the bass guitar for the group also as a young teen. It was such a delight to see young people involved in doing the Lord's work at such a young and inspiring age. Robbie had also felt the call on his life to preach God's word as well.
The Royal Descendants had a change up after their first couple of years with Michael leaving the group and he and Tim Wagner started a duet group called "Step by Step."Debbie Camp was added as soprano. Robbie had left for the army and Edmond's sister Carol Rogers joined as the group's female bass player and Steve Rogers ran the sound board. Sherrie wrote two beautiful songs for the group. "I'm Gonna Walk with My Lord" and "I Am Going Home." The group made one cassette tape and really had a blast doing it. Wow what an experience that was. The group used Mr. Kerry King to do their recording. Several weeknight trips were made to Mr. Kings studio in LaGrange, Ga. Many exciting events came with that recording!!! In route home we were pulled over by law enforcement and the door handle on the driver's side of Paul's van had a broken handle, which he kept in the pocket of the door. When the officer asked him to step out, Paul went to get the handle from the pocket and the officer thought he was going for a gun, all the while Sherrie, Edmond and I were trying to wake up all the kids to get our seat belts buckled. On a trip down to lay voices to the project, we went in my Ford Tempo and my muffler had a hole in it that we were not aware of until the backseat got so hot I was on my knees hanging over the front between Paul and Sherrie. If all that was not enough; the evening we went to hear the final mix and was on the trip back, Edmond was driving and Sherrie tells us she is having bad chest pain and we have to take her to the emergency room in which turned into a several night stay for her. As years rolled on, we had too many funny happenings to have time to tell, as all the groups do. I believe God lets us and wants us to have a good time when His people come together to worship and sing about His grace and glory. The group later retired not really understanding or knowing why God laid it on the hearts of some of the group to end, but just days after we disbanded, we found out that Paul had cancer and was having to under go severe chemo. treatments and Edmond and I found out that after 13 years of marriage and me being age 37, I was going to have a baby and Carol's daughter was having a baby. God has His hand on us all the time, we just have to trust Him. Through the singing years we met many people and groups. It was a time in our lives that none of us will ever forget. Fond "Precious Memories" were surely had by "The Royal Descendants!"